Not sure about the underlined part...
Of all the players listed that played the previous season the only player that made a marked improvement was Palmborg. He got bigger and kept his speed. He was really aggressive all season and made some really nice plays. I love his energy. His closing speed was impressive this year. If he continues to progress I think he could be a first team all-conference type of player. Pretty impressive for a walk-on safety.
Jade didn't seem to make the same number of big plays as last season. He put on a some needed weight last winter which was nice to see but he's still smallish at OLB. I thought he would have a really nice year and was actually pretty disappointed with his production and play this year. I figured his production would make a huge leap this year but it didn't. Tough to know if the cause was the injury situation or if he is just better as a second string guy where he can come in with fresh legs and make splash plays. He needs to get bigger and stronger to be able to hold up next year and also maintain his speed or preferably get faster.
Cieslak is the prototype for what our DE should be. He's huge. He's also very nimble and at times destroys plays. His conditioning appeared to be an issue this year. He was carrying some bad weight. That's on him. He needs to rededicate himself this winter and drop around 10 lbs. Probably lose 10-20 lbs of fat and gain 5-10 lbs of muscle. His potential is enormous when he's healthy.
Shannon looked pretty decent at times. I know a poster had commented on his lack of emotion but I wouldn't get too wrapped up in that. Look at Weinike from SDSU, he doesn't react to anything and usually has pretty mopy body language. That's just how he operates. If it is paired with great production then it's fine. Tough to judge him when he should have been lifting weights with the fr all season instead of playing. He wasn't physically ready. I'll reserve further judgment on him until after he's been here for a year. He should put on 20 lbs this offseason.
Tough to judge Pinke off of 3 catches and some blocking duty. He's a big boy. I would like to see all of the TEs work on their running this offseason and come in as fast as possible for next year so that when they get the ball they can make some things happen. Perhaps that will entice Rudy to give them the rock some more. He did a nice job on his TD against Davis. Again, really tough to judge him as a player with such a limited sample size.
Not sure what happened to Carter. He looked really good at the beginning of last year with the exception of that play against USD where I'm pretty sure he got that season-ending shoulder injury while giving up that TD. I don't know if it's a lack of confidence or what but he doesn't have the same fire he had as a true fr or as a soph. He was pretty brutal for much of this year. Literally registered not a single pass deflection. Not sure what the deal is with him. I hope he can turn it around and have a productive senior season.
Rooney seems to be a liability. Can't snap well. Doesn't block well. Doesn't move all that well. I'm not an OL expert at all but he seemed to stand out often this year for the wrong reasons. Maybe he just needs to get stronger? Maybe he just isn't good enough? We'll find out because there are plenty of promising young OL that will take his place.